(1) Littlewood,J.E - Tadiello,C.L [D87]
Ward-Higgs, Lincs v Berks 1963-4

Finally after 3 brief, albeit rather complex games, a little bit of light relief. The final part of this Brevities article is a short correspondence chess game played by one of England's best otb players-the late John Littlewood.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Bc4 Bg7 8.Ne2 0-0 9.0-0
So far all is in order for Black and a main line of the Exchange Variation of the Grunfeld Defence has arisen on the board.

Attributed to Botvinnik but far more common is to play the knight to c6 before or after cxd4. The knight on c6 may be viewed as fitting more easily with one of the main ideas of the Grunfeld namely pressure on White's centre and specifically on d4. The move Nd7 has, however, never been refuted outright and contains the deep and somewhat unusual idea of pressuring White's centre with Nb6 and f5. It has recently been played by several players with an elo in the range 2450-2600 possibly trying to get away from the very well analysed Nc6 lines.

An aggressive move proposed by Furman. [10.Be3 is the other way to develop the bishop when one example of subsequent play was 10...Nb6 11.Bb3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bg4 13.f3 Bd7 14.a4 e6 15.Qd2 Rc8 16.Qa2 Qe7 17.a5 Dlugy-Korchnoi, Wijk aan Zee 1990.]

Not a good temporary offer of the e-pawn as in recovering material Black's queen gets misplaced. [Instead 10...h6 was Botvinnik's preferred move in this position and play may continue 11.Be3 Qc7 (11...Qa5 12.Rb1 Nb6 13.Bb3 cxd4 14.cxd4 Bd7 is perhaps a better line for Black as in Chekov-Fernandez Aguado, Barcelona 1984.) 12.Rc1 a6 (12...b6 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.e5 Bb7 15.e6 Nf6 16.exf7 e5 is rather unclear as played in Karjakin-Baramidze, EU-Cup Kallithea 2008.) 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.Bd3 b5 15.Nf4 e5 16.Nd5 and White was better in Bronstein-Botvinnik, World Championship 1951. However, creating a queens-side majority with 15...c4 seems a more promising option for Black.]

11.Bxe7 Re8 12.d5 Qe5
[12...Nb6 is not any better since after 13.d6 Qc6 14.Bd5 (14.Bd3 Bd7 is less clear.) 14...Nxd5 15.exd5 Qa6 16.Qd2 White's doubled pawns control the centre and Black is unable to win back the d6 pawn via 16...Bf8 because of 17.Ng3 Bxe7 18.dxe7 Rxe7 19.d6 Rd7 20.Ne4 winning.; 12...Bf8 is even worst 13.Bxf8 Kxf8 14.Bd3 c4 15.Bc2 Qc5 16.Qd4 and White won in a few moves in Garcia Vicente-Emberger, NATT corr 1981.]

13.d6 Qxe4
[Black gets little or nothing for the pawn after 13...Nb6 14.Bd3 c4 15.Bc2 Bd7 Eidenfeldt-Brask, corr. 1955.]

14.Bd5 Qg4
[14...Qf5 also failed to hold the posiiton in another correspondence game 15.Ng3 Qf4 16.Re1 Bxc3 17.Re4 Qd2 18.Bxf7+ Kxf7 19.Qf3+ Kg8 20.Rd1 Qc2 21.Rc4 Ne5 22.Qd5+ Kg7 23.Rxc3 Qxc3 24.Ne4 Qb2 25.Bf6+ Kh6 26.Qxc5 Qe2 27.Qc1+ 1:0 Hejduk-Foglar, corr. 1955.]

15.h3 Qh5
[15...Qf5 now loses in similar fashion eg 16.Ng3 Qf4 (16...Qe5 17.Re1 Qxc3 18.Bxf7+ Kxf7 19.Qd5# ) 17.Re1 Bxc3 18.Re4 Qh6 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Qb3+ Kg7 21.Qxc3+ Kg8 22.Bg5+- ]

Black loses a rook after 16...Kh8, or worst a queen and mate after 16...Kxf7 due to 17. Qb3+, so Resigned. Remarkably this all occurred later (to the move 16. Bxf7+) in the game Talyzin-Tikhonov, Moscow Silent Winter 2006. 1-0